Star Trek: Deep Space Nine producer and showrunner Ira Steven Behr revealed at STLV over the weekend that a brand-new DS9 documentary is undergoing preparation for a release in the near future, likely in the 2017 calendar year.
In an interview with TrekMovie on Friday night, Behr detailed the impetus behind the project:
We all went through this unbelievable experience that took seven years out of our lives, and now we’ve had all this distance from it – and what does the show mean? What does the show mean to us as individuals, and what does the show mean – if anything – in terms of both the franchise and the culture?
I had been interviewed a couple of times for other Trek docs, by Shatner for [“Chaos on the Bridge”]… and was asked if I wanted to be like Shatner and interview everyone, getting people single and together and talk over the show.
It just seemed like a fabulous thing to do… I’m hoping that by next year, sometime in 2017, the doc will come out.
Behr, who we last spoke to in 2013, elaborated on his on-stage comments that the documentary features a breakdown of what would be a hypothetical Episode 1 of DS9’s eighth season, with some of the show’s star writers participating in the roundtable discussion.
I got the people I called: Ron [Moore], Robert [Hewitt Wolfe], René [Echevarria], and Hans [Beimler]. I could have gotten more… but we only had one day to do it, so I kept it to the core group.
I told everyone to watch [“What You Leave Behind”] – or if they were to lazy to do that, to check the Trek page, because no one remembered anything, including me. That’s just an added, cool bit – but that’s not what the dock is about at all.
Behr also commented that while he was able to get nearly all the cast – both primary and recurring actors – to participate in the project, he was not able to convince Avery Brooks to sign on, despite many attempts.
You can see the entire interview with Behr at TrekMovie.